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those sanctions against syria to immediately lift them we see the efforts of certain states to use humanitarian reasons to justify financial technical and logistical support to illegally armed groups as unacceptable. but the u.s. and its western allies have underscored as late as this eat this meeting taking place security council that they will continue supporting the syrian opposition and continue providing them with a quick meant. political analysts and freelance writer. is also skeptical of a no fly zone questioning just whose humanitarian needs it would fulfill. this is not them humanitarian case what should be done is to follow is to push for a negotiation for of dialogue between the syrian leadership and with the opposition for example next month we have the interim opposition meeting in san dimas close. to syria so why do islamist it's not hoping that the syrians for
a political solution where there are many gunfire you see the so-called g. how these. and the fundamentalists in syria. by both cried out. against the secular states like syria i'm going to work we're kind of studio expecting in the future about syria falls in the hands of this experience of the cohesion of the syrian society will be totally collapsed and you could have because of the whole of the mideast. well still ahead here this hour an r.t. wiki leaks weighs in on syria julian assange promises more revelations on western motives in the crisis and blast u.s. harassment of his whistle blowing web site. politically motivated the verdict from iran on a new u.n. report claiming to have evidence that the country has doubled its nuclear capacity . the first mitt romney has been outlining more of his policy plans as he accepted his nomination as the republican candidate for the u.s.
presidency he wants more stressed his aggressive views toward some nations including russia but with a reputation for changing his stance they could be hard to tell how trustworthy years and thought is going to can explains. mitt romney is now officially barack obama's opponent for the white house and he's talking tough throwing rocks well verbal rocks not only the president but also nations at the republican convention where he accepted his nomination mr romney did not fail to once again highlight his any maasai towards russia he criticized the president for not being hard enough in his view on russia when it comes to missile defense mitt romney says under his administration quote mr putin will see less flexibility and more backbone and of quote and of course that adds up to his earlier statements that russia is america's number one geopolitical anime that they need to reset the reset that's actually what he says on his website as part of mitt romney's foreign policy agenda so yes
a lot of tough talk i heard experts say that's how mitt romney makes up for lack of charisma what's interesting about the backbone comment is that mitt romney himself is often characterized as lacking the backbone as he has flip flopped on so many issues like abortion he was for abortion before he was against it or illegal immigration he was for giving them legal status that he was for deporting them mitt romney is flip flops have been widely discussed they've become an endless source of inspiration for comedians this is. from the tonight show with jay leno it says actually mitt romney and hurricane isaac have something in common they can both change directions at any moment and another comedian goes obama is like you can be whatever you want to be while romney is like i can be whatever you want me to be there are tons of jokes about mitt romney and his backbone issues apparently one way of showing some backbone for him is this kind of tough talk full of threats
we'll see how far it will take him in this november election. stay with us here in . washington come the profit closing the last investigation into the cia's alleged torture tactics against the president. and germany where the market is more than just sentimental value in uncertain times. first the u.n. security secretary-general i should say the un secretary-general ban ki moon has condemned threats by israel and the u.s. to strike iran this comes after terror on rejected as a political move the latest report by the. way the atomic agency which claimed the country has doubled its nuclear capacity well for expert opinion on the story i'm not joined live from new york by eric draitser he's an analyst stop imperialism dot com now the report suggests a significant increase in iran's nuclear capacity why does to iran continue
to expand its atomic program seemingly while already being battered with criticism for just having it. well there's a couple of reasons for the iranians first of all they believe that they have the inherent right according to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty that they have the right to have a nuclear program so long as it's for peaceful purposes as is now accepted international law so i think that's the first one the second one of course is the geo political reality that they look around them you look at the map and they see that they are surrounded literally on all sides by the united states or various allies of the united states and the principle is quite clear that the united states will invade nations that do not have the threat of nuclear weapons and the united states does not invade the nations that do have that threat so in other words the iranians do it partially for self-preservation they also do it for propaganda purposes and to lend themselves clout on the world stage now some expose think that
the timing of the report is suspicious want to run said it was issued to shift the media focus away from the nonaligned movement summit what would be the point of not after all that was pretty important to ease a very important summit going on. yes of course and the fact of the matter is the united states and israel too to a large extent are terribly embarrassed about the fact that the nonaligned movement summit which is happening in tehran has gone off as a tremendous success and the fact that many around the world are seeing this and am summit as really iran's coming out party in terms of geopolitics in terms of their position on the world stage and so the timing of the report i think is it is in fact dubious and i would go further and remind people that the i.a.e.a. in many ways is part of what the leader in iran called the overt dictatorship of the united nations that is to say that the i.a.e.a. is always led by us produced think tank individuals like eldar addai or
his predecessors who will inevitably execute the agenda of the western powers regardless of whether that contravenes international law tensions are really building now with tool called some sort of military action against iran the u.s. military chief there had said he does not want to be complicit in a strike on iran but do you think if israel does actually decide to go ahead with an attack would washington support it. well i think that that would be in that case i don't know that i could necessarily answer whether they would or they won't i personally don't think that that's a possibility the the israelis though they are led by reactionary right wing. what can we say lunatics in many ways like netanyahu and people like this i don't think that they're irrational nor do i think iran is irrational and i think the israelis and if we read the quotes from some of their military leadership they'll say it outright that israel has no intention of bombing iran unilaterally this is
merely the talking point that netanyahu likes to hammer home for demagogic purposes the united states will not sanction any war on iran that is until they have all of the necessary steps leading up to that and syria is an integral part of this there would be no attack on iran without the prelude of an attack on syria breaking iran's alliance with damascus and with hezbollah and lebanon so i think that it is part of a larger strategy that we're seeing in the region the attack on the shiite arc of dominance that stretches from tehran to baghdad to damascus and to beirut and without that you will not see the attack on iran regardless of what israel has to say no attack but certainly a lot of rhetoric a lot of pressure on iran what should it do now to try and ease that pressure and what what is its policy now for the future to get in effect countries off its banks . well i think that part of what they're part of what they're doing is
asserting themselves on the world stage that's what we're seeing with this summit in tehran right now showing that they can be a force for peace for example the the proposal that was put forward by the leader come in i believe yesterday regarding palestine and how how to resolve that issue trying to make the world see them as a constructive partner rather than as some kind of a loose cannon the way they're characterized by the united states and israel secondly i would also add that iran is is moving towards major economic development with some of its key regional allies we saw this meeting between ahmadinejad and prime minister singh of india regarding the child bahar port regarding a number of other bilateral trade issues we see the same thing happening between iran and egypt we see the same thing happening with the chinese so they reach out to their partners their nonaligned partners i suppose we could say and find ways around the sanctions and find ways of getting themselves into these mutually
beneficial economic arrangements that will make it near impossible for the western allies to attack them less they upset the world balance of the economic order and it creates a geopolitical analysts to stop imperialism dot com joining me live in new york thanks very much for time. thank you. just promise to keep publishing millions of e-mails to cause new light on the syrian crisis in a rare interview given to a south american t.v. network their promise to show just how comfortable the west used to be with president the sad and how the media is currently being manipulated to vilify him when a surge is also criticized washington's harassment of wiki leaks saying speaking the truth should never be considered a crime he mentioned how the west is turning into a surveillance mega-state which he believes makes a mockery of human rights it was a blow voiced his belief that the case against him is really a case against wiki leaks but he remains hopeful that swedish prosecutors will eventually drop the investigation laws kay leader of the u.k. car party i spoke to him alone he says that it's important for we can to focus on
his activities despite a sign just legal wranglings. well it's very useful to see which back and focusing on it's free or mission and that it's about opening up governments and actually really revealing useful information we'll have to see what this brings so one of the recent was some of the recent revelations coming through which have been about the traffic what the trap why it's the way the system which has very significant implications also here in the united kingdom the trouble really is the moment it's very difficult to get this message out while the current standoff continues but that's to say that mark not distract from the ongoing fight . to have a greater transparency and a greater powers of freedom a mention that's necessary you can but right across the world.
the u.s. justice department has closed the last remaining investigations into the ceiling is a tool to tactics against these detainees after the nine eleven attacks without bringing charges the cases involve two deaths in the agency's detention facilities in iraq and afghanistan the u.s. based doctors debris sweet says there's not much chance of any further legal action on the case despite strong evidence all to. the world's population would have to hope that the cia the u.s. military and the u.s. government has not literally gotten away with murder again this possibly opens the door for international prosecution and findings that the u.s. indeed broke international law as many people around the world think it did and has repeatedly and this eleven year long war on terror people do die in war there are bodies here of men who were tortured frozen to death men who
died with their hands over held over their heads chained in freezing temperatures who were beaten these are men who were killed by homicide not in war at the hands of the cia the obama administration which came in promising to put an end to torture can only find fit to prosecute whistleblowers. well the you get to log on to our website for the latest news comment and videos while you're there here's a taste of what else might catch your eye the plans for a new app which gives the latest updates on u.s. military drone attacks including a body count find out why hasn't been approved. also online vision of the future of a woman who had lost her sight has got it back again surgeons have encountered her with the first ever successful by on a column or not at all dot com. chancellor
angela merkel from germany is on a visit to china hoping to tap into the country's military muscle to help pull europe out of its downward spiral she's seeking to boost the flow of investment from beijing into the european stability fund a far wall against financial trouble that the chancellor worked hard to create her hands could the money from the european council on foreign relations says the chinese are no hurry to lend a hand to berlin. the big hope in europe is that the chinese would invest in some of the new vehicles that have been crazy like the european stability mechanism. the chinese. offer lots of words of support today and yesterday but not much in the way of concrete promises to buy bonds in
any case the chinese don't tend to make their bond purchases public so we don't know for example how much the chinese invested in european bonds in the last two years since the euro crisis began anyway and we probably won't know so there's a lot of there's a lot of uncertainty about in the case of their boss obviously this is a european company and so it will benefit not just germany but also france and other countries in europe but lots of the deals that have been signed. off of the german companies are all european companies and so in that sense there is a competition going on between germany and other european countries germany seems to be winning that competition. well germany is striving to make sure the euro stays afloat its old currency the don't mark is showing no signs of being discarded or the has the details of burning old school savings for a rainy day. here in germany the don't try are still very much alive and kicking in
fact in the store in central berlin the good old they market is still accepted as legal tender when it comes to purchases with an exchange rate of around two dogs marks to the euro the store's manager says that there's still enough of the old currency around to warrant them taking it was on the name the reason we accept which marks is there are still plenty of people with the old currency we get quite a few people wanting to spend them in our store for us for it's not just in shops that they're accepted if you find a few demarche coins down the back of the sofa germany's public telephones will happily take them off your hands germany officially drop the old money for the euro over ten years ago in two thousand and eleven alone though over eight million dollars each marks were brought to the bundesbank to be changed into crisp new currency but where is that cash coming from. he had that is not any one of my other
lee relatives gave me the school and as a gift so i decided to turn them into something it could spend on television. we've had them lying around the house for ages we've only just got around to getting democrats changed or there are those though who say they won't part with their deutsche marks as a minister. i keep them as a souvenir i'm not going to change them into euro. according to the blunders bank there's still more than thirteen billion dollars each marks in circulation they say they get returns from as far away as brazil and new zealand so unlike some eurozone members the bank won't place a time limit on accepting old money. so we will continue to take them as long as people keep offering them it's something of a tradition here that currency from years and years ago will always be exchanged for legal tender there are conspiracy theory. though who say that in the banks bolts are trillions of marks being stockpiled should be crazes deep and only
rumors so if the cash that's returned isn't being kept for a rainy day what happens to it and once the exchange is complete those deutsche marks the shredded ending their days is very expensive confetti peter all over r.t. berlin. just turned twenty five minutes past the hour in the russian capital dimitris next with the business so tell us what did ben bernanke say in his wyoming speech today well most importantly he said that new wave of quantity of easing is basically needed for the economy in order to spur it's in order to drive it forward because previous experience has shown that it is quite an effective measure and the situation right now in the u.s. economy is pretty harsh well chairman ben bernanke he indeed said on friday that the federal reserve will do more to boost the economy because of high u.s. unemployment which he said was due to cyclical problems in the economy and an
economic recovery that remains far from satisfactory quote he also argued that the fed's moves so far indeed to keep interest rates at record lows to encourage borrowing and encourage spending have helped bolster the economy and so therefore this has been taken in positively on the markets but on the other hand the lack of factual information as to when how volumes of easing he did not say any of that and therefore let's take a look at what's happening on the dow jones and on the nasdaq and they are up but they're up within around half a percent so it's quite moderate indeed i one point one manufacturing data came in for the month of july which showed a jump of two point eight percent in the month also propelled the dow jones up more than one percent but as you can see profits have been reducing over the past. well it's over in europe now this optimism coming from ben bernanke moderate optimism is
also coupled with hopes that the central bank or the european central bank will be buying up and spanish debt but the footsie and down on profit taking on the russian markets we've seen a mixed session with the out years helped by a stronger rebuild of the my six was pressured down by a new coil which said that it has bought up two and a half billion dollars worth of its own shares from the market which was the signal for most investors to take in profits and on the commodities market we're seeing a huge jump especially in brant more than two dollars as you can see the light sweet not far away this is on hopes that this stimulus announced by ben bernanke would also propel demand for energy and in currencies the euro is still stronger versus the dollar sixty eight points as you can see there not bad but it was even better one hundred twenty two points at one point and the russian ruble ended the session stronger but the whole week was pretty negative for the value of the
russian parents. and china has been pushing to use its yuan more in international trade so far it's using it in trade with hong kong and singapore but it wants to i now a latin america and the middle east russia has also been calling for that and hong kong's financial secretary john sang has told r.t. that two countries can help each other out. what is happening now is a great deal of trace element in the national currency so in terms of for example between russia and china they would be doing a lot of settlement in un or in ruble this way you can weigh reduce the currency risk that may incur and that it's already happening i think we should expect to see a lot more of that and as these two currencies become at some stage of currency for for the rest of the world. that's it from the business team for today have
live from a new city here in moscow this is stories now it's actually cost down the russian capital the winner takes it all the loser standing small russian self. left empty handed london court dismisses his. against. each. pitch for a syrian intervention hits a dead end at the u.n. leaving nato countries warning they might simply bypass the security council. plus republican mitt romney accept his nomination as presidential candidate with a promise to show russia more back but critics not that's not his greatest asset. the news team with more news stories in. the mean time america's role as the power
goes up for debate in peter lavelle's crosstalk that's next. live. alone and welcome to cross talk i'm peter lavelle is the u.s. still number one in the world opinions differ sharply though there can be no doubt american supremacy is being challenged by a number of international players however if indeed the u.s. is in decline aren't all americans to blame. and.
to cross out whether america is still number one i'm joined by bruce fein in washington senior policy adviser to ron paul two thousand and twelve presidential campaign and the founder of the link field group and american freedom agenda also in washington we have michael hughes he's a journalist and foreign policy analyst and in harrisburg we cross to jeffrey lord he is a former reagan white house political director and author all right gentlemen cross talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want but before we start our discussion here let's take a look at a very well known clip from h.b.o.'s program newsroom let's have a look. just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day there's some things you should know and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world we're seventy literacy twenty seventh in math twenty second in science forty ninth in life expectancy one hundred seventy eight and infant mortality third in median household income number four in labor force and number four in exports we lead the world in only three categories number of incarcerated citizens per capita
number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending where we spend more than the next twenty. six countries combined twenty five of whom are allies none of this is the fault of a twenty year old college student but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world i don't know what the fuck you're talking about somebody. sure used to be. we stood up for what was right. we fought for moral reasons we passed laws struck down laws for moral reasons we waged war zone poverty not poor people. we sacrificed we cared about our neighbors we put our money where a mouths were and we never beat our chests we built great big things made on godly technological advances explored the universe cure disease and we cultivated the
world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. we reached for the stars. acted like men we aspired to intelligence we didn't belittle it it didn't make us feel inferior. but in identify ourselves by we voted for in the last election and we didn't scare so easy. we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. by great man men who were revered. first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. america is not the greatest country in the world any more. enough ok michael very powerful acting extremely powerful words how do you react to
that i mean because a lot of the facts mentioned there are correct ok they're easy to find and been known for a long time now is america still number one. and maybe but it's there's a there's a gradual decline and it has to do with a lot of what he said there's. a lot of it is political gridlock because of special interest groups you know we have a sixteen or fifteen dollar outstanding public debt and seven hundred billion dollar defense budget and for some reason we need to be projected worldwide we have this global footprint that does not match up to the actual threats ok it's variance in bruce if i can go to you i mean ok go ahead jump in. no i just say i think the the diagnosis is correct but i think the reasons are wrong ok one or the really shouldn't be a country it's the reasons are that we have lost our way from what we were in
visioned as a country from the founding we shouldn't be going abroad in search of monsters to destroy what would make a country number one is complying with the rule of law on during the liberty over big government making sure you have a level playing field so everyone has the opportunity to develop their endowments and faculties and achieve what their ambition and industry will achieve it's not having government favor one side or the other side and say honoring respect for international law and not invading anyone sovereignty because we say that in our viewpoint you're harboring someone at some time someplace could be a danger to the united states global projection of military power going back to what john quincy adams said when he was secretary of state in eight hundred twenty one before was president that we could be dictators of the world what our policy would then shift from a policy of liberty and freedom to a policy of domination and control and now we are a country that's lost its.